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Silver Spring MD Neighborhood Swim Pools and Swim Clubs Opening for 2017 Season Soon . . .

Memorial Day Weekend is here and the various Silver Spring Neighborhood and Community Pools are OPENING for the 2017 Summer season! With school out and the mercury rising, a neighborhood swimming pool is the perfect place to while away those hot, humid summer days we have here in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Community spirit, the roar of the crowd and the excitement of youthful competition all combine at a neighborhood swim meet. What better way to spend a summer evening than gathering around your local pool in a group effort to be part of an event that promotes fellowship and fun.  Swim Teams in Community Pools of Silver Spring , compete as division members of the Montgomery County Swim League(MCSL).  Being a member of a swim team in Silver Spring is a great way for kids to make friends at the pool, share a teambuilding experience, and compete in a healthy, active sport over the summer.  Some of the pools also have Dive Teams that compete in the Montgomery County Diving League.

Most of the Pools in Silver Spring  offer great Family Oriented Social Events such as Pool Camp Out night, Ice cream socials, pizza night, teen night, family movie night, float night, talent shows and more.

Check out this list of links to some of the best Silver Spring Neighborhood Pools and Swim Clubs:

Northwest Branch Pool – Home of the Northwest Branch Dolphins Swim Team

Glenwood Recreation Club – In the Historic Forest Glen Neighborhood – Home of the Glenwood Tigers Swim Team and DiveTeam

Calverton Swim Club – Home of the Calverton Chargers – Also has a Dive Team, Volleyball League, Ho rseshoes and Basketball Court

Forest Knolls Pool – Home of the Seahawks Swim Team

Daleview Pool – Home of the Daleview Swim Team

Franklin Knolls Pool – Home of the Gators Swim Team

Hillandale Swim and Tennis Association – Home of the Hillandale Hellcats Swim Team – Also offers 2 Lighted Tennis Courts, a practice wall and Tennis Camp

West Hillandale Swim Club – Home of the Dolphins Swim Team

Twin Farms Swim & Tennis Club – Home of the Twin Farms Tigers Swim Team, Dive Team, Tennis Team and Tennis Camp

Robin Hood Swim Club – Home of the Robin Hood Swim Team – Also has a Dive Team and Tennis Team

Kemp Mill Swim Club – Home of the Kemp Mill Kangaroos

Parkland Swim Club – Home of the Parkland Whales
Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the commerical area just off of Arcola Avenue. this is one of the oldest Montgomery County Swimming Pools.
Beautiful Setting with mature shade  trees near Wheaton Regional Park and Sligo Creek Park.

Tanglewood Community Swim Center – Home of the Tanglewood Tigers Swim Team – This community center is located in the middle of the Tanglewood neighborhood and includes a large open field, playground and tennis courts

Connecticut Belair Swim and Tennis Club – Home of the Connecticut Belair Gators. This Swim and Tennis Club has recently been fully renovated and is spectacular.  Lots of water fun here with big slides and raft day on Saturdays.

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Big Kahuna of Christmas Lights are ON! – The Bishops House – Silver Spring/DC Border

This Huge Tudor style house at 1665 North Portal Drive has been attracting crowds and causing traffic jams for over 30 years.  It’s called “The Bishops house”.  The location is just 2 blocks South of Downtown Silver Spring MD, just over the DC line where Colesville Road crosses into DC and becomes North Portal Drive at the 16th Street Circle.  It is on the corner of Birch and North Portal Drive.  The first string of Lights went up in 1963 – the house has an interesting history and story.  There has been no photo taken that does it the justice it deserves.  There is no wide angle lens large enough to take it all in.  You just have to see it at night to appreciate it.

The best place to view the display is at the top of Portal Drive (not North Portal) and Primrose or Roxanna.  Drive down North Portal Street past the crowded display area and make a U Turn at the end of the street, this will put you on Portal Drive going up a hill.  From here you can look across a treed ravine down on the display and get the best view of the display in all it’s massive glory.






The best photo of the place at night that I’ve seen is Here at Holly’s Tacky Christmas Lights.


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78th Annual Pancake and Sausage Dinner next Tuesday at Colesville – Silver Spring, Md Church

This coming Tuesday February 17, 2015 is Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, is the day before Ash Wednesday, (the first day of Lent) it is celebrated by the cooking and eating of Colesville United Methodist Church - Silver Springpancakes, a last feast before the fasting and self denial of Lent.  Many Silver Spring area churches will be having a traditional Pancake Supper or Dinner.

This year marks the 78th Year of the Biggest most popular and well known Pancake and Sausage Dinner at Colesville United Methodist Church in Silver Spring, MD   Since the 1930’s, the Colesville Methodist Church has been having annual  pancake and sausage supper for the communtiy.  This event is well attended by people from all over, not just people that live in Colesville/Silver Spring.  Back in the 1930’s, all the food was donated by area farmers and the dinner was Free.  
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78th Annual Pancake and Sausage Dinner
From 5:00 to 7:30pm
$8.00 Adults – Kids under 12 – $5.00
Colesville United Methodist Church
52 Randolph Road
Silver Spring, Maryland 20904
(301) 384-1941

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Visit The Silver Spring Pumpkin Patch

The  Annual Pumpkin Patch has a good selection of Pumpkins and some pretty chrysanthmums at Woodside Methodist Church in the Woodside area at the edge of Downtown Silver Spring.

Boy Scout Troop 209 is Montgomery County’s Oldest Boy Scout Troop.  Boy Scout Troop 209 has been in existence since the 1930′s at this same Silver Spring Location.

Buy a pumpkin or some mums and Support  your Local Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 209.   All proceeds go to the troop’s financial aid fund to make sure that all scouts can participate in the troops many activities and it’s more fun than just picking up a pumpkin at the local grocery store!

Woodside United Methodist Church

8900 Georgia Avenue Silver Spring, MD 20910

Located at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ballard Street,

1 block north of Spring Street. Google Map

Look for the Boy Scout Troop 209 Truck.

Make your pumpkin last much longer this year:
Check out these tips for preserving your pumpkin and prevent it from rotting out in the yard or on the porch.

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Friday Fun – Fenton Street Community Garden Party and OPEN HOUSE

012Open garden party!

Public Invited – Friday October 3, 2014 – 3:00 pm till Sunset
Fenton Street Community Garden at the corner of Fenton Street and Rt. 410 (East West Highway Bridge)

Bring the Kids . . .

Learn about the Fenton Street Community Garden.
Meet Master Gardeners.
Learn about cool weather gardening; how to identify garden pests and how to create gorgeous flower arrangements.
Meet the gardeners who are growing vegetables and flowers in an Urban community setting in Downtown Silver Spring.

Face Painting
Scaveneger Hunt
Kathy Jentz  Editor/Publisher
Washington Gardener Magazine
826 Philadelphia Ave.
Silver Spring MD 20910

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11th Annual Silver Spring Jazz Festival – What a GREAT Line-Up!

Preservation Hall Band

The Silver Spring Jazzfest is FREE and takes place on the portico in front of Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring on Saturday Sept 6th from 3:00 pm till 10:00 pm.

This year’s fantastic line-up includes:

Preservation Hall Band from New Orleans !!

Opening Act – Jazz Academy of Music of Metropolitan Washington DC

Eliot Levine

The David Bach Consort

Marcus Johnson

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They’re HERE! – Paczki at the Woodmoor Bakery

Powdered PazckiTuesday before Lent is a time to indulge or Fatten up before tightening belts and giving up things for Lent, which starts on Ash Wednesday.  It is the Fat Tuesday associated with Mardi Gras and it is the Shrove Tuesday associated with Pancake Suppers or Pancake Day.

This coming Tuesday March 4th, 2014 is also Paczki Day, a Polish tradition of making and
eating Paczki the day before Lent starts.

The best place to get Paczki in Silver Spring, is at the Woodmoor Bakery/Pastry Shop in the Woodmoor Shopping Center at Four Corners.  They make the BEST Paczki anywhere in the area.  They are the filled, rolled in powdered sugar type paczki and they are GOOD.

The Woodmoor Bakery started making them a week ago – so they have them NOW!   I’ve waited until  Fat Tuesday morning to get Paczki and there were only 3 left.   You’ll get the best selection if you go at least a few days before Fat Tuesday and you’ll avoid the lines.

Check out reviews of the Bakery and the Paczki at the Woodmoor Pastry Shop.

Woodmoor Bakery
10127 Colesville Road
Woodmoor Shopping Center
Silver Spring, MD 20901
(301) 593-7667

* The Woodmoor Pastry Shop also makes fantastic King Cakes for Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebrations

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Silver Spring Pumpkin Patch Opens this Weekend!

Silver Spring Boy Scout Pumpkin PatchThe Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 209 Pumpkin Patch is Opening this weekend.  This annual pumpkin patch always has a good selection of Pumpkins.

The location is on the side lawn of  Woodside Methodist Church at the edge of Downtown Silver Spring.

Boy Scout Troop 209 is Silver Spring’s Oldest Boy Scout Troop.   The troop has been in existence since the 1930’s at this same Silver Spring Location.

Buy a pumpkin and Support Boy your Local Silver Spring Scout Troop 209.
All proceeds go to the troop’s financial aid fund, making sure that all scouts can participate in the troops many activities.   Besides, it’s much more fun to go to a Pumpkin Patch than just picking up a pumpkin at the grocery store!

Woodside United Methodist Church
8900 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Located at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Ballard Street,
1 block north of Spring Street.

*A word of advice – Don’t wait till the last minute to buy your pumpkin!  This pumpkin patch is very popular and tends sell out and close up way before the end of October.

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Christmas Tree Lots in Silver Spring – Buy Local and Support Good Causes

There is nothing like picking out a “fresh cut” tree for your house at a tree lot.
There is also nothing as wonderful as the smell, when you get it inside your house for christmas treesthe Holiday season.

Silver Spring Boy Scout Troop 466

Continuing a 40 plus year tradition, Boy Scout Troop 466 will be selling Christmas trees, wreaths and rope (garland).
The Troop’s Christmas Tree Lot is located at St. John the Evangelist Church (parking lot) on Georgia Ave. and are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 9pm.
During the week, the lot is open from 5pm to 9pm.

The bulk of these funds goes to support the troop’s Big Trip Out West every
three years. In 2011, the troop spent two weeks at Grand Teton and Yellowstone
National Park.

St John the Evangelist Church
10103 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, Md 20902

.St Bernadette Catholic Church

St B'sChristmas Trees, wreaths, and greenery for sale at St.Bernadette Catholic Church. Trees range from 5 – 9 feet in height and prices range from $30 – $65. Balsam firs and Fraser firs are available, as well as small and large wreaths and greenery.
Proceeds from these sales benefit the CYO (Catholic Youth Organization) sports program at the parish, which sponsors soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball, and softball for St. Bernadette students and parishioners.
Sales run on weekdays from 3:30 – 9pm and weekends from 9am – 9pm. Cash, check and credit (MC & VISA) will be accepted.

A Landmark – Located in the heart of Four Corners
St Bernadette Catholic Church
70 University Blvd. East
Silver Spring, Md  20901

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Sligo Creek Golf Course – Help Save Sligo Annual Fall Golf Event October 5th

Sligo Golf Course 1st Hole - Silver SpringSligo Creek Golf Course was the original 18 hole course for the Argyle Country Club in the late 1930’s.  The course was designed by Percy Walborn LeDuc (a Silver Spring Resident) in 1937. In the mid 1940’s Argyle Country Club relocated to another area of Silver Spring (out Layhill Road) and the county through MNCPPC took the golf course over as a public course.

When the Capitol Beltway (495) came through Silver Spring in 1964 it sliced the golf course in half.  Check out this cool overlay map of the course as it was laid out in 1937 and what was left after the Beltway went through the property.   Until 2010, the County ran the (now 9 hole) course as a public course.  In 2009 the county wanted to do away with the property as a golf course. There have been proposals of everything from put put golf, recreation center, driving range to plowing it under to use as soccer and ball fields.

The citizens from the surrounding communtiy and beyond do not want this to happen – so we have Preserve Sligo Golf Course. – Save Sligo is a 501C3.
Sligo Creek Golf Course is an oasis of green space, home to many species of wildlife, plants and just plain beautiful in our rather urban “inside the beltway” area of Silver Spring.  Even if you don’t golf – Sligo Golf Course is very worthy of preservation! They are having their Annual Fall Golf Gorgeous Mature Trees - Sligo Golf Course Silver SpringChallenge on October 5th.
Please support!


Players of All Levels are Welcome! Friday, October 5 (Rain or Shine)
Check-in 3:30pm – Shotgun Start 4:00pm
Prizes, Raffle, Food & Drinks
• Best Team: All Men Team, All Women Team, and Mixed Team
• Women:
** Longest Drive in the Fairway on No 5
** Closest to the Pin on No. 2
• Men:
** Longest Drive in the Fairway on No. 3
** Closest to the Pin on No. 4
• Best Putter: Person with the lowest number of putts
Fee: $75 per person / $280 per foursome
Game Format will be “Scramble” — ? Tee off in any order your team desires ? Each team must use the drive of each player at least twice ? Keep track of best ball score for your team for each hole ? Mulligans can be purchased

Sligo Creek Golf Course
9701 Sligo Creek Parkway, Silver Spring, MD 20901

Contact: Rebecca Howland @ 301-233-6330 or [email protected]

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